Sheffield Wednesday: Gray calls for final flourish

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Boss Stuart Gray is demanding his Owls players keep on performing going into the final stretch of the Championship season - to help his summer recruitment drive.

With seven matches remaining, Wednesday lie in 12th position as they prepare to lock horns with Huddersfield Town and promotion-chasing Norwich City over the busy Easter programme.

Gray, who could be without Will Keane (ankle) and Jeremy Helan (groin) when they welcome the Terriers to Hillsborough tomorrow, wants them to finish strongly and take momentum into next year.

“If we are trying to attract players, the higher we finish up the league, the easier it is going to be,” he said. “Players will be looking at where we finish. I can sell them the story of what we have achieved and we want to better it. I want to finish as high as possible and win as many games as possible.

“I know we are not that far away (from a promotion challenge). If we had converted the chances we have created, we would be there or thereabouts.”

No team in the division has scored fewer goals than Wednesday on home soil this season. Four victories out of 19 fixtures in their own backyard is a dismal record which Gray is determined to rectify.

“When we evaluate our season, our home form has not been good enough so hopefully we can turn that around in the last few games that we have got,” he said. “We need to sort that out.”

Huddersfield travel to South Yorkshire on a six-match winless run but Gray said: “It’s another Yorkshire derby and it’s bragging rights. They are fighting and scrapping for points but I’m more interested in how we perform and getting a good result.”

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